Mary Jane Leach
Location: New York, USA
MARY JANE LEACH is a composer/performer whose work reveals a fascination with the physicality of sound, its acoustic properties and how they interact with space. In many of her works Leach creates an other-worldly sound environment using difference, combination, and interference tones; these are tones not actually sounded by the performers, but acoustic phenomena arising from Leach’s deft manipulation of intonation and timbral qualities. The result is striking music which has a powerful effect on listeners. In recent years Leach has received considerable acclaim for her choral music, which is featured on two CD releases on the New World and XI labels. Drawing on inspirations as diverse as Monteverdi, Bruckner, and 14th century ars Nova, these pieces "enliven a choral repertoire starved for good contemporary work." (Village Voice) Several are published by C.F. Peters.
Her choral pieces, with score excerpts and sounds files, are listed on her web site: http://www.mjleach.com.